Margot Fonteyn| One of the greatest classical dancers of all time

 Her entire career was spent as a dancer with Royal Ballet and was eventually appointed "Prima Ballerina Assoluta" of the company by HM Queen Elizabeth 2.Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias,DBE,was an English ballerina of the 20th century.She is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time.

          Fonteyn was born Margaret Hookham on 18 May 1919 in Reigate,Surrey,to an English father and a half-Irish half-Brazilian mother;her mother's father was the industrialist Antonio Fontes of Brazil. Very early in her career,Margaret transformed the Fontes into Fonteyn (a surname her bother adopted as well) and Margaret into Margot:thus her stage name.

          Fonteyn was most noted in the ballets of Sir Frederick Ashton,including Ondine,Daphnis and Chloe,and Sylvia. She was especially renowned for her portrayal of Aurora in Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beaut Fonteyn also worked with the choreographer Roland Petit and later in life,Martha Graham. In 1949 when the Royal Ballet toured the United States,Fonteyn instantly became a celebrity for her performances,in the 1940s.

          Fonteyn began her greatest artistic partnership at a time when many (including the head of the Royal Ballet,Ninette de Valois) thought she was about to retire.In 1961 Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West,and on 21 February 1962,he and Fonteyn first performance was a great success;During the curtain calls Nureyev dropped to his knees and kissed Fonteyn's hand.They created an on-and-offstage partnersship that lasted until her 1979 retirement,and were lifelong friends.

          During the late 1930s and early 1940s,Fonteyn had a long relationship with composer Constant Lambert. Lambert expressed some aspects of this in his ballet Horoscope (1938).

          In 1955, Fonteyn married Dr.Roberto Arias,a Panamanian diplomat to London. Their marriage was initially rocky due to his infidelities.She was arrested when he attempted a Panamanian government.In 1964,a rival Panamanian politician shot Arias,leaving him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.Information released on 28 May 2010 indicated Dame Margot knew of,and coup attempt.After her retirement,she spent all her husband and his children from an earlier marriage.Shortly before her husband's death,in 1989,Fonteyn was diagnosed with a cancer and she died on 21 February 1991 in a hospital Panama City.


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